PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Arizona’s COVID-19 numbers are headed in the wrong direction, and there are a number of reasons why, according to health experts. They include not enough people wearing masks, kids back in school and not enough social distancing.
Testing is also a problem. Arizona is one of the worst states in the country for COVID-19 testing with about 1.3 tests for every 1,000 people. That’s less than half the national average.
Dr. Ross Goldberg is the president of the Arizona Medical Association. He said there are far too many people choosing not to get tested, even if they’ve come in contact with someone that has COVID-19.
“Even asymptomatic people can be carrying the virus,” said Goldberg. “In fact, they are a large spreader of it because you feel great, you go out and about your business not realizing you are spreading the virus.”